All About Extroversion

Extroverts make up about three-quarters of the American population, and as such come in all stripes. They zip through the world in search of novel experiences, social connections, and leadership opportunities. Extroversion is a core factor of personality and is difficult to modify. But generally speaking, the only people bothered by extroverts' volubility and drive are the introverted members of their circle!

Recent posts on Extroversion

Dating Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

If you are with an extrovert, expect the unexpected to come out of his or her mouth.

How Do Psychologists Determine Personality Trait Levels?

By John A. Johnson Ph.D. on March 22, 2017 in Cui Bono
Where, exactly, is the dividing line between introversion and extraversion? Or, for any trait, how do psychologists determine if you are low, average, or high degree on that trait?

8 Signs You're a Romantic Introvert

By Preston Ni M.S.B.A. on February 12, 2017 in Communication Success
When it comes to love, introverts may think, act, and communicate in ways that are different than those who are more extroverted. Here are eight key signs...

The Introvert/Extravert Myth

By Caroline Beaton on January 28, 2017 in The Gen-Y Guide
If you don't know whether you're an introvert or extravert, you live under a rock.

Do Extraverts Have More Children?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on January 24, 2017 in The Human Beast
Extraverts are more vulnerable to boredom. In the evolutionary past, they likely relieved the boredom by having affairs. Did this improve their reproductive success?

Do People Really Change?

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on January 06, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
Personality characteristics like emotional stability and extraversion are by definition hard to change. Which traits are more responsive to therapy than we might have thought?

Do Extroverts Manage Stress Better?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on January 05, 2017 in The Human Beast
Our society favors extroverts as the outgoing individuals who discover continents and sell stuff and they may be better at managing stress also. So why did introversion evolve?

3 Things Your Dreams May Reveal About You

By Vinita Mehta Ph.D., Ed.M. on December 31, 2016 in Head Games
Recent research shows how our psychology can be reflected in our dreams.

Reflections on the Rise of the Introvert Movement

Remember when it was a curse to be considered an introvert? Author Sophia Dembling reflects on the introvert movement's progress and progression.

Your Survival Guide to Holiday Parties

Are you an introvert or an extrovert? Regardless, here is your survival guide to holiday parties.

Use Your Holiday Party to Make (Not Break) Your Career

By Wendy L. Patrick Ph.D. on December 08, 2016 in Why Bad Looks Good
You work hard all year long. Come the holidays, here is how to make your holiday party work for you!
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How to Date an Introvert

By Sophia Dembling on December 06, 2016 in The Introvert's Corner
Introversion can be an easy scapegoat for relationship problems, but it's only the beginning of the discussion.

What Makes Your Introversion Unique? 17 Ways to Tell

By Leon F Seltzer Ph.D. on December 06, 2016 in Evolution of the Self
There are several ways to distinguish one introvert from another. All the same, this personality trait can be extremely tricky to define, for it embodies multiple dimensions.
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An Updated Snapshot of the Online Narcissist

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on November 24, 2016 in Media Spotlight
Are we really experiencing a narcissism epidemic, and does social media use play a role? A new meta-analysis raises some disturbing questions.

What Makes People Easy or Hard to Get Along With?

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on November 15, 2016 in Think, Act, Be
A brand new meta-analysis brings together two lines of research about human traits: personality and emotional intelligence. Are these labels just two names for the same thing?
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5 Ways You're Doing Introversion Wrong

By Sophia Dembling on November 01, 2016 in The Introvert's Corner
You're not doing introversion any favors if you think the introvert-proud movement is all about staying home.

The Power of Personality

These are the ways to make a real change to the main facets of extroversion.

Introvert Isle

By Laurie Helgoe Ph.D. on September 24, 2016 in Introvert Power
Wonder what an introverted society looks like? Travel with me to Japan.

About Face: Unleashing Your Inner Basset Hound

By Nancy Ancowitz on September 22, 2016 in Self-Promotion for Introverts
Should you ask an introvert with a game face: “Are you okay?”

How Your Personality Can Predict Your Love Life

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on August 02, 2016 in Insight Therapy
In love and sex, character is destiny; research points to a significant predictive association between the big five personality traits and romantic life.

The Mating Strategies of Extraverts

Life History Theory views long-term and short-term mating strategies as polar opposites. However, some people, particularly extraverts, may pursue both, others neither.

Random Acts of Kindness Can Be Dangerous

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on June 13, 2016 in Ambigamy
To maximize your capacity for empathy and compassion, don't automatically move toward charity.

The Anatomy of an MBTI Personality

We can’t go through a single day without using all 8 preferences of the MBTI: extraversion, introversion, intuition, sensing, feeling, thinking, perceiving, and judging.

Donald´s Trump Card . . . or Twitter Tease?

Trump´s tweets trend. This provides the perfect personality snapshot, as Twitter´s 140 character limitation allows us to analyze the temperament behind the tweet.

The Surprising Benefit of Talking to Strangers on a Plane

Here's a good reason to take out your earbuds and say hello to the stranger in the seat next to you.

What If Money Can Buy Happiness?

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on April 29, 2016 in Mental Mishaps
Money can’t buy happiness and it can’t buy love. But what if it’s a myth. What if there are ways in which your money can make you happy?

Can an Introvert Ever Change?

If you’re an introvert and wish you weren’t, this new research will show you how to change. All it takes is determination and a specific plan of action.

Personality Traits of Grammar and Spelling Sticklers

New research suggests that introverted people tend to judge others negatively based on grammar and spelling errors.
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Love the One You're With? Or Choose the One You Love?

By Sophia Dembling on April 20, 2016 in The Introvert's Corner
Because they prefer not to pursue, introverts are at risk of finding themselves in the wrong relationship.

Just How Different Are Cat People and Dog People?

The commonly held belief that cat people and dog people differ in fundamental ways, put to the test in earlier research, may need to be revisited.